Cork Heritage Open Day which is organised by Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council is a wonderful celebration of built heritage in the city and will take place on Saturday August 15th. This year due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Cork Heritage Open Day is taking place virtually and Cork City Council invite you to take part in an online adventure and explore many of the buildings usually open to the public for this event, using the website www.corkheritageopenday.ie. The website will feature over 40 new videos of archival footage of Cork and guided tours of historic and heritage buildings in Cork. Videos have all been subtitled making them accessible to everyone.
To mark the start of Heritage Week and Cork Heritage Open Day, the website will go live on Saturday August 15th and members of the public will be able to explore virtually some of Cork’s finest historic buildings including Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, Blarney Castle, Fota House, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Back Water Artists Building, St Peter’s Cork, the Custom House Port of Cork, Triskel Christchurch, the Crawford Art Gallery, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, the National Sculpture Factory, the Everyman, Heineken Ireland, Cork Savings Bank, Unitarian Church and Fitzgerald House, home to the Cork Chamber.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh said
“I’m delighted that Cork Heritage Open Day is going ahead this year as a “virtual” event. I want to commend all the buildings and heritage organisations involved in this event who have embraced this new way of engaging with the public I encourage everyone young and old to go on an online adventure and take a virtual tour of buildings, listen to interviews with the building owners who give their personal insights into their buildings and hear local historians talk about a variety of fascinating heritage topics on what is a very special Cork Heritage Open Day”
Throughout Cork Heritage Open Day and Cork Heritage Week (August 15th to August 23rd) a series of interviews on a wide range of historic events and buildings in Cork will be available on the website.
Discover the history of the Cork Jewish community and take part in a Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walking Tour. Produced and presented by local musician, Ruti Lachs, and supported by Cork City Council, the Virtual Walk focusses on seven Jewish sites in the city, with stories, poems, history, songs, and music from members of the Cork communities, past and present.
Take a step back in time on the website and enjoy wonderful footage and old images of Cork created by the Echo and by Tim McCoy. Enjoy heritage videos, history quizzes, colouring competitions, treasure hunts and lots more! There will be virtual re-enactments of Medieval Day in Elizabeth Fort, wonderful footage of Cork Coal Quay Festival, interviews with Stonemasons from Carpenters Hall and valuable tips and advice on genealogy for those looking to trace their family trees.
All you need to do is click on www.corkheritageopenday.ie and check out our jam packed fun programme of online events for Cork Heritage Open Day.
Cork’s 96FM and the Echo are the media sponsors of Cork Heritage Open Day which is supported by Cork City Council and the Heritage Council.